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Banoffee Pie – Random Recipes #22

Dessert | 24th November 2012 | By

The month has been galloping away from me – again – and I realised it was time to get on with my Random Recipe for Dom at Belleau Kitchen. This month we were tasked with picking a book using our birthday date. OK that bit was easy – number 8 for me. But where to start? My books are scattered over the house in various places. Not so randomly perhaps, I started with a shelf of baking books. No. 8 got me Eric Lanlard’s Home Bake. As CT wasn’t around, I used a random number generator to give me the page 191. Taking a tentative peek, you just never know what you might be landed with, I was neither relieved nor horrified. Bananas are not a favourite fruit in this household, although we’re not averse to a good banana cake and what I’d got was banoffee pie. Well, OK, this wasn’t going to be difficult – good news. I hadn’t had banoffee pie in many a year and I’d certainly never made one, so time to see what I thought of it these days. I followed Eric’s recipe more or less, but only used two ripe bananas rather than three under ripe ones and a lot less cream – 500ml seemed rather excessive.

This is how I did it:

  • Buttered a 22 cm flan dish.
  • Melted 75g unsalted butter in a pan over low heat.
  • Bashed 300g of plain chocolate hobnobs into crumbs with the end of a rolling pin.
  • Poured in the butter and mixed well.
  • Pressed the crumbs into the base and around the sides of the dish.
  • Melted 100g unsalted butter in the same pan.
  • Keeping the pan on the heat, added 100g dark brown sugar and stirred until all incorporated.
  • Added a 397g tin condensed milk and stirred.
  • Continued to stir whilst slowly bringing the mixture to the boil. The stirring was crucial here as each time I thought I’d take a break, the mixture caught and I was getting bits of unintended caramel in the mix.
  • As soon as the mixture came to the boil, removed from the heat and poured onto the biscuit base.
  • Left to cool. There was no need to put this in the fridge as my kitchen was plenty cold enough.
  • Whipped 300ml whipping cream until peaked but not too stiff.
  • Sliced two ripe bananas and laid over the cooled caramel.
  • Spooned the cream over the top of the bananas.
  • Sprinkled dark chocolate chips over the top.

The crunchy base, sticky caramel, soft banana and unctuous cream made for an indulgent dessert. It was very sweet, but I still managed to consume my first slice very happily. Later in the day, I happily consumed a second slice too. The bananas gave a nice flavour, but didn’t overwhelm and the texture was hidden by the other ingredients. Using chocolate hobnobs was a good way of incorporating chocolate to create a particularly toothsome base. Even CT with his avowed banana aversion struggled manfully and scoffed several slices. It actually lasted us a few days, so kept us off the chocolate bars.

I am also entering this into Cook Eat Delicious Desserts with Sharan’s Samayalarai as the theme this month is banana.

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    Chele
    24th November 2012

    Now that is a mega Banoffee Pie. Its looks a real stunner and I love that photo of it ‘topless’ (i.e. before the cream goes on. Total food porn!!

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    Galina Varese
    24th November 2012

    This banoffee pie looks very rich and creamy. I baked the banoffee cheesecake earlier this week for my guys.

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      Choclette
      26th November 2012

      You’re right Jac, it was a good one to do and made me realise I quite like homemade banoffee pie 😉

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    Foodycat
    24th November 2012

    I do love a banoffee pie! They’ve fallen out of favour a bit.

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    Chris
    24th November 2012

    Why is it I never have bananas in the house when I need them. That looks really delicious. You were randonly lucky with that … at least I would.

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      Choclette
      27th November 2012

      Thanks Chris, no emergency stock of bananas? I was lucky, I do worry sometimes just what I might be landed with for RR. We’re not banana fans, but we both liked this one.

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    Katie
    24th November 2012

    Looks fabulous and very indulgant. You are good to stick to what comes up randomly. Not had banoffee pie for years

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      Choclette
      27th November 2012

      Thanks Katie, indulgent it most certainly was. Sometimes the temptation to cheat is quite strong, but I’ve managed to hold back so far :-S

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    Miss C Flash
    24th November 2012

    Looks luscious and I love the chocolate decoration on top. Nothing quite beats a bannoffe pie. Pertect pud x

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    Susie @ Fold in the Flour
    24th November 2012

    Looks tempting! Must admit, have only a few times had banoffee pie (somehow banana puts me off) but this does look seriously good.

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      Choclette
      27th November 2012

      Don’t let the banana put you off, I wrinkled my nose when I found out what I was going to make, but I found the banana was fine in amongst all that biscuit, caramel and cream.

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    laura@howtocookgoodfood
    24th November 2012

    You have picked one of my all time childhood faves here. In fact, I still love it and given the chance I would make it on a regular basis. If I did though, I would eat way too much of it. The caramel layer pre-dates the dulce de leche which is so popular now. Chocolate hob nob base is so good. I am surprised they feature in a book by Eric Lanlard. Just shows you how many good things we have here that the French have succumbed to using!

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      Choclette
      28th November 2012

      That made me laugh Laura, this is definitely not something to eat too much of, certainly not on a regular basis. And yes, the French have cracked some things, but when it comes to puds, we have loads to teach them.

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    Karen S Booth
    24th November 2012

    It does look lovely, even though I always fmd it overly sweet, but I do like bananas so not too and at all! Glad if kept you and CT off the chocolate bars! Karen

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      Choclette
      28th November 2012

      Yes, I’m with you on the sweetness thing Karen, any chocolate bars we eat are way way healthier 😉

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    belleau kitchen
    24th November 2012

    I love your step by step approach blog post to random recipes this month. I think I even held my breath a little waiting for the recipe… I always think you’re going to hate me every time! But I must say… Banoffee pie is one of my faves but like you I haven’t had it in ages and have never made it. It would make a great ice cream methinks… Lovely entry to random recipes. Thank you x

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      Choclette
      28th November 2012

      I only hate you every other time Dom! Banoffee ice-cream is a brilliant idea, banana ice-cream with bits of biscuit and toffee. I’m going to have to try that out sometime – maybe when the weather is a bit warmer.

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    OhSoBella
    24th November 2012

    This recipe looks so good, as do the photos! I think if it was me making this, I would of ate it all before I got round to putting the cream on!

    Bella x

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      Choclette
      28th November 2012

      Thanks Bella, the toffee bit was so sweet, it really needed the cream to tone it down!

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    Caroline
    25th November 2012

    Oooh, yum, I love banoffee pie – it’s been years since I had it. My mum used to make a complete cheats version by buying a pastry case (don’t know why because she can make perfectly good pastry), using a tin of carnation caramel and then slicing banana on top followed by whipped cream. It was good, but your homemade version sounds even better!

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      Choclette
      29th November 2012

      Thanks Caroline. You did well, I never had such a treat as banoffee pie when I was young, but I suspect it hadn’t been invented then ……..

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    The Caked Crusader
    25th November 2012

    Banoffee pie never disappoints – I think it’s a great example of something being so much more than the sum of its parts. Yours looks great.

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      Choclette
      29th November 2012

      Thanks CC – I was slightly dubious about the combination, but it was good – phew!

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    Camilla @FabFood4All
    25th November 2012

    A absolutely love this dessert and first tried it 23 years ago where they invented it at The Hungry Monk in Jevington. I simply had to buy their recipe book where it tells you to boil a tin of condensed milk for about 6 hours and not to let the pan boil dry (unless you want an explosion). I have never made one and maybe this Christmas would be a good time to do so – thank you for posting your version, it’s so much easier now that Dulce de Leche exists!

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      Choclette
      29th November 2012

      Now that is something I didn’t know Camilla – you are a true pioneer.

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    mylittleitaliankitchen
    25th November 2012

    I have been living in England for long time and never tried banoffee pie yet! I am intrigued to try making this one! Looks gorgeous!

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    The KitchenMaid
    26th November 2012

    Oh dear, this will make me sound like a real killjoy, but I can’t find it in my heart to love banoffee pie. I’m not sure why – I love cream and caramel and bananas, but the three of them together? No thanks. Funny, isn’t it? Chele’s comment about the topless pie did make me laugh though (and I agree, it looks amazing). Go on then, I’ll have a piece…

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      Choclette
      1st December 2012

      Well Lucy, I must say my heart sank a bit when I got this one, but I’m glad I did it because I liked it a whole heap more than I thought I would.

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    thelittleloaf
    26th November 2012

    Bannoffee pie has a very special place in my heart. I know it’s super sweet but it’s *so* good – could probably eat that whole dish there 🙂

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      Choclette
      2nd December 2012

      I’m not an expert on banoffee pie, but this seemed like a good one.

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    Baking Addict
    28th November 2012

    I love banoffee pie! This looks delicious particularly with your chocolate hob nobs (great idea!) – I’d happily scoff most of your pie 🙂

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    Kit @ i-lostinausten
    30th November 2012

    Now this deserves a WOW! This banoffee pie looks so heavenly & tempting with chocolate! Ya, agreed with Ros, I can eat the whole pie too. This is making me hungry! LOL

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    Ruth Ellis
    30th November 2012

    Banoffee pie is fantastic! There’s something just so perfect about the bananas and caramel, and the ever so slightly salty biscuit base. This looks really lovely – yum!

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    Stacy
    2nd December 2012

    I’ve never made this but it is a favorite when we go out to eat. Yours looks delicious!

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    rita cooks italian
    3rd December 2012

    I’ve bookmarked this one Choclette. I love Banoffee Pies but I’ve never tried to prepare it at home. Now it’s the time.

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